An Airbus A350-900 (JA13XJ) Japan Airlines was completely destroyed by fire (total hull loss) after colliding with a Japanese Coast Guard Dash 8 (JA722A) at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Update January 3rd / Japanese Ministry of Infrastructure released ATC communications on the evening of January 3rd (Japan local time). The Coast Guard Dash 8 (JA722A) entered the runway without permission of ATC. More info here.
Update / Airbus is dispatching a team to provide technical assistance to investigators in Japan. BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses) is participating in the investigation opened by Japan’s JTSB. Four BEA investigators will arrive in Japan on January 3rd, together with 5 Airbus technical advisors.
Update / 14 of the 367 passengers were injured during evacuation. 5 of the 6 crew members of the Japanese Coast Guard Dash 8 are confirmed dead, the 6th is in critical condition.
The accident happened on January 2nd at 17:47 local time as the A350 was arriving from Sapporo as JL516. Video footage shows flames coming from the front of the aircraft as it touched down on runway 34R. Luckily, all the 367 passengers and 12 crew members were evacuated safely and taken to the terminal, while the A350 was destroyed by flames.
BNO News reported that 5 people from the Dash 8 are unaccounted for, but the captain survived.
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